Artwork > Press Glass Explorations

Affection
press glass, hot sculpted
11" x 7" x 4"
2017
Above and Below
press glass, hot sculpted
11" x 9" x 4.5"
2017
Confrontation
press glass, hot sculpted
15" x 9" x 4"
2017
Devotion
pressed glass, hot sculpted
8" x 7.5" x 4"
2017
Passing
pressed glass, hot sculpted
13.5" x 8" x 4"
2017
Feast
press glass, hot sculpted
12.5" x 10" x 4"
2017
Discord
press glass, hot sculpted
11.5" x 6.5" x 4"
2017
Assurance
press glass, hot sculpted
8" x 7" x 4"
2017
Convention
press glass, hot sculpted
2017

I am very interested in the process of factory press glass. Over the past seven years I have been researching the machinery and tools, and after acquiring a hundred year old hand press in 2013, I have been able to learn how to press my own forms. Though this history of glassmaking I aim to explore innovative ways to create sculpture with future plans of larger installations.

For this recent body of work I focused on a duck factory mold that was originally used as a cover to a small dish. I wanted to alter the product to give the form character and emotion. I also explored how to contextualize the form into a surrounding, which led me back to hot glass as a raw material. The fresh ladle of glass contrasts the factory press glass process and also gives the duck a water puddle to swim.

Jennifer A. Halvorson